Quick, what’s the Dem position on Syria? What about China?
Don’t bother. There was once a time when Democrats could discuss Syria, North Korea, the South China Sea, economic tensions in the European Union and the future of Africa. But that was before Trump.
Democrats don’t have a foreign policy anymore. They have a Trump policy.
Their only position on Syria or North Korea is that whatever President Trump is doing, is wrong. If Trump isn’t focused on a country and it can’t be tied into their Russia conspiracy theory, the Dems don’t care.
And the flip side of this dangerous geopolitical illiteracy is a new tendency to treat countries as enemies or friends based entirely on their relationship with President Trump. It’s not only Russia, which at least is actually hostile, but allies like Israel, the UAE and the Saudis whom the Democrats now obsessively hate.
This hostility isn’t based on any figment of a national interest. Instead if Trump is on a friendly terms with a country and its leaders, the Democrats decide that it’s an enemy state.
Ukraine was recently added to the Dem enemies list because Trump had sold it the missiles that Obama wouldn’t. Immediately the Dems decided that Ukraine, which was recently invaded by Russia, was really collaborating with Trump to cover-up his Russian ties. The conspiracy theory makes no political sense. Ukraine’s current government is as likely to collaborate in a Russian conspiracy as Israel is to announce a merger with Iran. But the Democrats no longer want to understand other countries on their own terms.
The motto of their domestic and international politics is, “You’re either with us or against us.” And by us, they don’t mean America. They mean only their own political faction’s treasonous war on Trump.
Pressuring foreign leaders to choose between the President of the United States and the Democrats is destructive, irresponsible and treasonous. It’s also an extension of the civil war that the left has been fighting since Trump took office. Echoing the Confederacy’s outreach to Europe, Democrat diplomats like Kerry urge EU and Muslim leaders to ally with them against the President of the United States.
These efforts however are not directed at new foreign policy goals, but protecting Obama’s old failed policies, like the Iran nuke scam and the Paris Agreement, from the Trump administration. Even the most blatant violations of the Logan Act by California’s Governor Brown and former Secretary of State Kerry have no vision other than protecting the legacy of the Democrats against democratic change.
It is ironic that neo-conservative Never Trumpers defected to the Democrats claiming they couldn’t trust Trump on foreign policy only to fall in with a movement that has no foreign policy. And now, leading figures like Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin, hardly write about foreign policy. Consumed by the political obsessions and geopolitical illiteracy of their new party, their foreign policy is denouncing Trump.
Foreign policy analysis in Dem circles now means cranking out farfetched conspiracy theories connecting the Russians to Trump through other countries, foreign businessmen and companies, while examining every one of his foreign policy decisions through the lens of the conspiracy theories of Mueller Inc.
If Trump sold missiles to Ukraine, it’s a plot to sabotage the Mueller investigation. That’s not the theory of some YouTube crank wearing tinfoil while licking an old globe. Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Dick Durbin actually wrote a letter to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine accusing its government of “blocking cooperation with the Mueller probe” for “financial and military aid”. Not only is the Leahy/Durbin letter stupid, offensive and insulting. It drags a foreign government into their domestic dispute with Trump.
Why did Trump bomb Syria? Senator Martin Heinrich, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused Trump of plotting to bomb Syria as part of a plot to fire someone at the Department of Justice.
“Are we really talking about Syria here, or are we talking about Syria because the White House doesn’t want to talk about the Department of Justice?” Senator Heinrich demanded.
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